We partner with the community to invest in educational experiences that inspire protection of the redwoods state parks in our area. We also help support the maintenance of 150 miles of park trails and the stewarding of more than 23,000 acres of forest.
Big Basin, Henry Cowell and Fall Creek are where you can go to explore, exercise and discover all the natural wonders on display every day of the year.
Established in 1902, Big Basin is the oldest state park, and the birth place of the conservation movement.
Explore the largest continuous stand of ancient coast redwoods south of San Francisco, including old-growth specimens dating back to the Roman Empire. The park also offers mesmerizing views of the Pacific Ocean, waterfalls, and inspiring natural and cultural history. The park has more than 80 miles of trails.
Follow the link below to discover activites like hiking and camping, read up on Big Basin's rich history, meet the state park staff, and explore the Nature Lodge Museum where you can learn so much about this internationally known treasure.
Visit this famous 40-acre grove with the most majestic old-growth redwood trees admired by explorer John C. Frémont and President Theodore Roosevelt. The tallest tree in the park is approximately 277 feet tall.
There are four diverse habitats that this park including the Santa Cruz sandhills—an ancient sea bed and home to several endemic species. Keep a look out for banana slugs, black-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, or steelhead trout.
There's hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, and camping on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land. Check out all this amazing park has to offer.
Call early for reservations as the tables fill up fast!
Gather your friends and family and enjoy the incredible food and the festive atmosphere at the Shadowbrook Restaurant while you help support our Big Basin and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Parks at the same time!
On Tuesday, March 14th, the Shadowbrook Restaurant will generously donate 1/3 of the cost of your dinner, including drinks, to Mountain Parks Foundation.
Call Shadowbrook at 831-475-1511 to make reservations for March 14th and be sure to tell them you are dining in support of Mountain Parks Foundation. The dining room opens at 5 pm and tables can be reserved as late as 8:30 pm. Come early, stay late, enjoy a wonderful meal with friends new and old in support of a worthy cause!
Mountain Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Here you will find a wide array of interesting and educational gifts from local artisans including artistic prints, note cards, journals, jewelry, walking sticks and useful items made from redwood. While you’re here, you can also enjoy a variety of refreshments and snacks like fresh brewed coffee from Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting and Marianne’s Ice Cream. Every dollar you spend in the Store helps make your parks something special.Our hours change throughout the seasons, please call us at 831-335-0782 for more information.
We are all facing our greatest environmental challenge ever. You can help educate our young people about their role in the critical balance of nature. The educational programs your gift supports will teach them to preserve what’s right in their own back yards.
Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Six backpacking trips are offered from April through September 2017 ranging from one to three nights offering
options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts,
skills demonstrations, campfire stories and jokes are added bonuses!
This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking, or email Backpacking@parks.ca.gov, or call (831) 291-8273. Events made possible by California State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.State Parks in Santa Cruz is hiring Seasonal Park Interpreters to promote high quality educational experiences for the public by researching, developing, promoting, and conducting natural and cultural history interpretive programs. These may include nature walks, campfire programs, AV presentations, Junior Ranger programs, living history presentations, roving interpretation and outreach presentations. Additionally, Park Interpreters compile interpretive resources and data for job-related duties. Park Interpreters might also publicize park programs through news releases and park flyers. They are looking for interpreters to fill positions at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Butano Redwoods State Park, and New Brighton and Sunset State Beach.